Catching Up With: Elizabeth Nugent
Communications Graduate, Class of 2012
Elizabeth chose to major in communications at Molloy College because she liked working with cameras. Photography is a hobby for her and she found herself outside taking pictures on a regular basis. When thinking about which major to choose, communications was attractive to Elizabeth because she wanted to know how to create videos. When starting the program, one of her goals was to learn how to work a video camera and understand the theories of shots and movements. In looking back, she felt that she accomplished that and was proud of learning how to create a script for film, television and documentaries.
One of her favorite classes during her time at Molloy was Introduction to New Media with Professor Jamie Cohen. When discussing the course, Elizabeth said, “it was interesting to learn about the different functions of the media industry and what you can do with your degree. I also liked how we got to meet the cameraman for Sex and the City and Rescue Me!” At her current job, Elizabeth feels that the course titled, Interpersonal Communication has helped her the most. She feels that it helped her to learn how to speak to her employees and understand her co-workers body language. Another asset she took from the class is that she understands how to represent herself to her employees in a professional setting.
While Elizabeth credits all of her professors she had at Molloy College for her career advancement, she is specifically appreciative of Dr. Janice Kelly. Elizabeth added, “Professor Kelly was an amazing help to me throughout my entire stay at Molloy. She was always there when I needed help. She told me to always keep pushing myself to work hard and I would be able to achieve my goals.” All Communications students are required to intern for a media, professional or new media organization. Elizabeth interned for the Rockville Centre Recreation Centre. During her internship, she was in charge of updating their website and creating pamphlets to learn about the Recreation Centre. Elizabeth credits her Public Relations courses for helping her succeed in the internship.
When she graduated from Molloy, she worked in a program for special needs children and met a young boy named Chris. He inspired her and helped her figure out what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. Thus, she came back to Molloy to obtain a degree in special education with a goal of working with students who need support in order to succeed in school. Currently, Elizabeth is working at Hewitt Elementary School as a one to one with a type 1 diabetic. For this position, she makes sure that the student is safe while also helping other students in the classroom to make sure they understand course material during lesson plans. Elizabeth still has many more goals she wishes to accomplish. She stated, “I hope to become a Special Education Teacher in my own classroom. I am hoping to inspire children to become better learners. I am also hoping to in still hope in special education children so that they can achieve their goals.”